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From A Crowded Mind Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

David Barber
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This e-book contains ten stories from the crowded mind of David Barber.

There’s a variation of stories from a psychiatrist having a bad day to a school teacher being pushed over the edge - and a few confessions in between. The collection includes a mixture of genres with elements of crime and noir running through them as well as some dark wit.

David Barber is from Manchester, England but now lives in Crieff, Scotland with his wife, Lisa, their 2 daughters, Imogen and Melissa and their West Highland Terrier, Archie.

He wrote a long time ago but left it on the backburner when his children were born. He was inspired to start writing again in 2009 when his friend, and editor of Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, Col Bury, invited him to send something into the magazine. His story (all six sentences of it) was accepted and went on to win a Bullet Award. That little accolade gave him the confidence to get back to it.

Since then, his writing has appeared in many online magazines as well as in e-book and print anthologies.

David is also the editor of The Laughter Shack, where he masquerades as BJ Titzengolf, helped by his loyal assistants, Joanne Kallott and Mike Oxlong.

He is currently working on his first novel.

You can find out more and follow his progress at: davidjbarber.wordpress.com


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Barber; 1 edition (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F8RKZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #434,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Barber is from Manchester, England but now lives in Crieff, Scotland with his wife, Lisa, their 2 daughters, Imogen and Melissa and their West Highland Terrier, Archie.

He wrote a long time ago but left it on the backburner when his children were born. He was inspired to start writing again in 2009 when his friend, and editor of Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers, Col Bury, invited him to send something into the magazine. His story (all six sentences of it) was accepted and went on to win a Bullet Award. That little accolade gave him the confidence to get back to it.

Since then, his writing has appeared in many online magazines as well as in e-book and print anthologies.

Reading wise, David is an avid reader of crime and horror. Favourite authors are Simon Kernick, Matt Hilton, Michael Connolly, Linwood Barclay, James Herbert and Richard Laymon to name a few.

David is also the editor of The Laughter Shack, where he masquerades as BJ Titzengolf, helped by his loyal assistants, Joanne Kallott and Mike Oxlong.

He is currently working on his first novel.

You can find out more and follow his progress at: davidjbarber.wordpress.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 13 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book. Just what you need if you want an entertaining read. This is the first short story book I have bought and it is ideal if don't want to get bogged down in a long story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from a brilliant mind, more like 6 July 2012
By Briff
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fine selection of 10 stories from the pen of David Barber. Each story is a finely crafted tale, where all the characters are well drawn and the plots are plausible. I took this with me to read on my 2 hour commute today, and the journey just flew by, I was so engrossed I didn't want to put it down. I nearly forgot to get off when we reached Victoria. This collection has a fine mix of genres, Brit grit, crime, noir even humour, which just goes to show what a gifted writer David Barber is. To be able to switch between genres and still maintain a high level of quality shows his talent at it's best. So stop reading this review and click buy, you wont regret it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted 7 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Given the range of story ideas in this collection, it's easy to see why David Barber chose the title `From A Crowded Mind'. His head must be buzzing.

Each piece is solidly put together and oozes darkness.

My favourite has a man and wife in conversation in a car parked at a loch-side. It's confession time and it's the kind of moment that would make anyone feel uncomfortable. As with all the stories, there's a significant twist; in this one, it comes gently and was entirely unexpected.

There is a slight drawback to having so many twist-in-the-tale pieces together (though avid fans of the unexpected will have a feast on this one) which is that one begins to look for the catch. This can mean that the eye is taken from the set-up and puts a weight of responsibility on to the surprise. My suggestion is that to get the most from this collection, it might be best to read it amidst other books so that the stings will be fresh and painful every time you come across them. Keep those endings camouflaged until the last moment.

That said this is a very entertaining collection, one that brought me a fair amount of pleasure. I'll make certain I'm back for Volume 2 when it arrives.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent little stories 30 Jun. 2012
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A short and sweet review fcr some short and sweet stories.

Well written, some lovely twists and very enjoyable.

More please!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Debut 18 July 2012
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In this slick and well edited collection of short stories David Barber uses all the tricks and tools available. Misdirection, deception, bluff and double bluff keep the reader guessing at every turn. Gritty crime tales of violence, revenge, greed, lust and murder will entertain you. Stark and realistic descriptions bring his settings to violent bloody life. Barber employs a light dusting of humour at times and fluid action to make the finishing touches to an outstanding debut collection.

My favourite? Perhaps The Stranger. The action is slick, the descriptions excellent and Barber hints at so much more to come. This collection stands out from the crowded short story marketplace. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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